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Reading Lists @ Strathclyde (Staff): 9. How to Request a Library Purchase

How to Request a Library Purchase in 3 easy steps

After searching the Library Catalogue you discover the library does not have a book you wish to recommend to your class. In this situation you can request a book be purchased though the reading list software.

Step 1:

Add a citation for the item you would like. Our recommendation is to use the Cite-It button to quickly pick up Bibliographic information from another source such as a bookshop website or publisher website. The Cite-it button will capture Author, Title, Year, ISBN, edition and the source url.

Step 2:

Add relevant Tags - one for importance such as 'Essential' or 'Recommended' and another to request purchase 'Library purchase request'. 

Purchase request tags






Step 3:

If your reading list is in Draft mode, as indicated by the banner, you must select 'publish my list'. This will alert library staff to begin a review of your reading list. Library staff will make arrangements to purchase the resource and inform you when it arrives in stock.

If your reading list already has published status, all new additions to the list will automatically be sent for library review. 


Banner example indicating reading list is in Draft mode:

Reading list status

What happens next with reading list purchase requests?

The Reading list team will review the request and forward it to Acquisitions staff. They will approve or reject purchase requests based on the principles of the Library's Collection Development policy. Purchases will be charged to the relevant departmental book allocation fund. If there are any problems with the request Library staff will contact you.

When the new item arrives in stock a notification will be sent to the Reading List team and the requester.

When the Reading list team receive the notification a member of staff will edit the reading list. They will remove the placeholder citation with the bookshop url and replace it with a properly catalogued citation that displays our ebook/print holdings.

If it's not clear where a new citation should be positioned within a reading list, a member of library staff will contact the requester.    

Request a book for the Library that is NOT for a reading list

Complete a Book Suggestion form for any non-reading list titles you would like the library to purchase.

NB. For the Book Suggestion form question 'Is this for a reading list?', be sure to select 'No' as your response. Your request will then be directed to the correct team for consideration.